According to eMarketer in 2014, India had 123 million smartphone users. This will grow to 200 million by 2016. India has been struggling to grow its internet penetration for years, it has been just around 10%. The growth of smartphone user base will bring in the much needed boost to the internet eco system.
Yesterday Times of India had carried an article “Cell shocked: Numbers change hands in 60 days” (unable to find the link to the web version). The article talks about Indian mobile operators running out of numbers, so operators are forced to disconnect mobile numbers that haven’t been used in the past 60 days. Read more on 32% of mobile connections in India are not in use…
Mobile ventures are the hottest topic in India today, it might get hotter after the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1b. While the mobile internet usage (WAP & App) has been growing well in India the monetization has been a challenge on the mobile.
Lot of things happened in India in the telecom sector – 2G scam, MNP (Mobile Number Portability), rise in smart phone usage, profits of telecom companies shrinking. For details see “Spectrum of troubles in 2011 for telecom industry“. The main table from the article has been captured here.